Why live in Rutland? 'Future Rutland Conversation' surveys reveal people's likes and dislikes
People are sharing their views and ideas as part of a ‘conversation’ to shape the future of a county.
The Future Rutland Conversation was launched by Rutland County Council at the start of the month (April) and lets those who live and work in Rutland comment on important issues.
By gathering this feedback, the council hopes to produce a shared vision to guide planning and decision-making.
More than 1,600 survey responses have been received - equating to a four per cent response rate in the county’s population of 40,000.
The surveys can be found online at www.rutland.gov.uk/futurerutland
The conversations is also being held through online forums, where more than 600 comments have been posted. Discussions between small groups are also taking place via Zoom, with anyone welcome to join in.
Those without internet can take part over the phone by calling the council on 01572 722577.
The Future Rutland Conversation runs until June 1 but snapshots are being shared as it goes on.
Coun Oliver Hemsley, leader of Rutland County Council, said the response so far was “really positive”.
“We’re not even half way through yet so there’s still plenty of time for people to complete surveys, post on forums and join live discussions. The comments and feedback that have been submitted so far make for really interesting reading.
“Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to add your own views on the key issues affecting Rutland.”
Some of the main trends to emerge so far are:
Your Life in Rutland survey: Two-thirds choose to live in the county because of the quality of life it offers. When asked what makes Rutland special, 81 per cent said it was rural life and 61 per cent said it was the sense of belonging to a small community. Independent traders, pubs and restaurants were also seen as what makes Rutland special.
Leisure and recreation survey: Walking is the top activity, mentioned by 91 per cent. Next is cycling, then swimming.
Getting around survey: 85 per cent travel around by car and 80 per cent don’t use public transport, mainly because services don’t run at the right time or to the right places.
To see these and other surveys visit www.rutland.gov.uk/futurerutland